In 1971 Jim came across a falling down pig shed made out of walnut. He has been salvaging pieces of tree ever since. He works with Whidbey Island trees that are at the end of their carbon sequestering life. Currently, the stages of death and new life are lying in a heap in his driveway with the ends sealed. Next, they will be cut into lengths, split down the pith and roughed into rounds with an electric chainsaw. They will be turned on a lathe to a finished thickness, cleaned up with cabinet scrapers by hand and allowed to dry to a shape and texture of the piece's own choosing. Swirling grain knots checks and stains are a bonus.